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FOTD: Electric Lines

22 Aug


Note: These pics were taken about 4 hours after application, after I had run errands. Hence some shiny skin and faded blush. 🙂

I think this is a great way to add some color to your day without it being garish. It’s also a fool-proof method to trying out yellow eyeshadow! I really need to find a good, pigmented white eyeliner pencil. NYX Milk does give Buttercupcake the extra boost it needs to bring out its amazing color, but by the end of the day it just didn’t hold up as a liner base… It has too much slip and too many oils in it to keep from melting and sliding in the hot AZ summer.


Products Used:


Revlon Age Defying concealer in 002

Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily in 200 Nude

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5

Benefit Coralista



Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk (apply as liner where the yellow will go. Extend out past the eye corner.)

Sugarpill Buttercupcake (apply over Milk as liner on the top lash line) 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Electric (outer 1/2 lower lashline)

Sugarpill Afterparty (apply with a damp liner brush over UD Electric and extend the line out to match the yellow liner. It’s ok for it to be a bit smudgy since the yellow is so precise.)

Urban Decay Virgin (brow highlight)

Urban Decay Cannonball waterproof mascara (1 coat each on top and bottom lashes)



MAC Creme d’Nude

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Tanned




FOTD: Yellow, Black and Purple

9 Aug

No, I’m not describing the colors of a bruise in the title. It’s my FOTD (more of a quick Eye of the Day since I didn’t have time to grab a full face shot…) using Sugarpill and Urban Decay. ❤



Products Used:


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

Sugarpill Buttercupcake (Patted on with a flat brush to pack on the vibrancy)

Sugarpill Bulletproof (outer 1/4 of lid, crease)

Urban Decay Flash (Blended over the black, pulling the purple up a little farther past the crease to smoke it out and give the yellow a subtle purple contrast)

Urban Decay Virgin (brow highlight)

Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)

And…. NO MASCARA! Oops. I was in such a hurry to get to work I forgot to put it on. :/ Extremely unfinished looking eye makeup was the result.

BUT I do usually use Urban Decay‘s Cannonball mascara. It is amazing!

❤ Tia

Summer Foundation Routine

23 Jun

Hello all! So summer in Arizona is miserable for makeup… Keeping it simple is what I recommend – then you don’t end up with your makeup completely melted off, and even if it melts off a bit, it’s not as noticeable and you can touch it up. The most important thing is to get a good foundation that will last all day, even through the sweltering heat. But it is more than that, since all of your makeup works together. So here I put together a walk-through of my current summer foundation/face routine.


Step One: Primer

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer Potion

This isn’t a primer for everyone, since it does contain silicone which can cause breakouts, but I do like how it fills in my pores and makes them appear minimized. Some people feel that primers are unnecessary, since they already put on a moisturizer, but it really depends on the condition of your skin and the type of primer you use. If you use heavy moisturizer and don’t have large pores, using a silicone-based primer may actually hurt the lasting power of your foundation. However, if you use the correct moisturizer and the right formula of primer, your foundation can last at least 8+ hours! During the summer, I notice a definite difference in the appearance of my pores if I don’t use primer on my t-zone. When I use this primer, they are far less noticeable.

Step Two: Foundation

Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily 200 Nude

Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily 200 Nude Swatch

Revlon ColorStay foundation is my favorite foundation of all time, and trust me, I’ve tried a lot of foundations. Revlon even made this highly-pigmented, long-wearing foundation in formulas for both Dry and Oily/Combination skin. I use the Oily/Combination formula and it’s never made me break out. The only drawback to this foundation is that it dries pretty quickly, so I apply it to one area of my face with a foundation brush, blend it out with my Sephora #55 brush, then move on to the next area and repeat. Once it dries, this foundation doesn’t really go anywhere for the rest of the day. Perfect for summer!

Step Three: Concealer

Dream Mousse Concealer (Light 2-3.5)


Dream Mousse Concealer (Light 2-3.5) Swatch

I love this concealer (As you can see, I’m almost out of it!) because it is really opaque – it covers up blemishes like nobody’s business – and it stays on all day. Because it’s in a pot, make sure your fingers are clean or use a brush, so you don’t get bacteria in there. Also, because this is a mousse, it’s ‘whipped’ in consistency, so you will need to blend it out a little when you apply it, since it’s thicker than a liquid concealer.

Step Four: Cream Blush


M.A.C. Sweet William Blushcreme Pearl

M.A.C. Sweet William Blushcreme Pearl Swatch

Ever heard that cream blush makes powder blush last longer in the summer months? Well, I’m happy to say it’s true! Apply it over your foundation (I don’t recommend applying it over powder foundation) with a stippling brush, slowly building the color; once you put on too much cream blush, it’s very hard to blend it out. So build it up to a medium-intensity – just a bit lighter than you want your blush to be in the end, since you’re going to apply powder blush over this later. After you’ve got the cream blush applied, set it with a little bit of loose powder (I use Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder in Light 01) so that your powder blush will be easier to blend over it.

Step Four: Pressed Powder

Dream Matte Powder (Sand Medium 0-1)

I’ve used up so many of these Dream Matte Powders! This is the one pressed powder that keeps my skin from looking oily all year long. The best trick to applying powder that I’ve learned is to take it on a powder brush and press/roll the powder into your skin. This will really set your foundation in the areas you need it to (for me, that area is the t-zone!), and then you can just brush the powder over the rest of your face.

Step Five: Powder Blush

Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush (01 Tender Petal)

Brush your powder blush over the cream blush, patting the color on and then blending it out. Remember you won’t need as much color since you already have the color of the cream blush, too! This will fully set your blush, and give you the perfect flush. Doing your blush in this order will make it last!

Step Six: Contour/Bronzer

Stila Bronzer (Shade 01)

Stila Bronzer (Shade 01) Swatch

I hit pan on this matte bronzer (as you can see from the picture), but there’s still plenty of it left. It’s the one shade that goes perfectly with my skin in the summer and the winter. It has never looked orange or dingy on me, like some bronzers can, and it doesn’t make me look oily (like shimmery bronzers do during the summer). I use this to contour, placing it in the hollows of my cheeks, temples, beneath my jaw line, and then blend it out so it follows the perimeter of my face for a nice slimming (yay!) and bronzing effect.

So there is my summer foundation routine! I hope it helps you during the hot days of summer. 🙂


❤ Tia




FOTD: Fashion Flower

12 May

This look is SO spring! I am in ❤ with the colors, the pale, perfect features, and basically everything about this photo. Even though she kind of looks like the carefully prepared dead girl getting ready to float off into the depths of the ocean as her tribe looks on with sadness. *ahem* Moving on.

Loving the Fashion Flower Lipgelee! I decided to make a FOTD inspired by the colors of the Fashion Flower Collection.

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FOTD: Disney Princess Series – Alice

5 May

This face of the day is inspired by Alice from Alice in Wonderland. And the eyes are done completely with E.L.F. eye shadows! Enjoy!

Alice in Wonderland

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FOTD: Blue Smoke

22 Apr

I wore this look out the other night and I really liked it. This is my go-to eyeshadow combination for a blue smokey eye.

Products used:


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

Urban Decay Oil Slick (Outer corner)

UD Goddess (Crease)

UD Shattered (Lid)

Maybelline Ultra Liner liquid liner in Black (top lashline)

Covergirl Lashblast Fusion in Very Black

Ulta brand Automatic Eyeliner in Black (top and bottom waterlines, lower lashline)


UD Pore Perfecting Primer Potion

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in 1N1 ECRU 16

Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Ivory Light 235

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5

Too Faced Snow Bunny (Bronzer/blush)


Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers in Midnight Brown


MAC Viva Glam Gaga I Lipglass

Note: Do you like this kind of format for makeup look, with pictures of the products instead of just a list? Leave a comment and let me know what you prefer! ❤